Brian Coates

Posted: October 22, 2012 by Serendipity in Suspended Sentence, Western Australia

Child porn teacher walks free

CHRISTIANA JONES, The West Australian April 15, 2010, 2:35 pm

A high school teacher has walked from court on a suspended jail term for child porn images found on his home computer.

The 50-year-old, who has worked in the education field for 27 years, was handed the sentence in the District Court this morning after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography.

He received nine months jail suspended for 12 months.

The court was told that police had found 66 still images and five movie clips on Brian Coates’ computer.

The material contained images of girls estimated to be between 13 and 15 years of age although Judge Kevin Sleight today queried whether some of the images were in fact child pornography, noting some of the females appeared to be young women and not children.

The judge said the images were at the lower end of the scale of child pornography. But he went on to stress that in all child pornography involved abuse, noting that possession of child pornography was becoming an increasing problem.

“What people need to understand is the children shown (in child pornography)… are real children and they are clearly being abused,” Judge Sleight said.

The court was told reports had found Coates was of a low risk of reoffending. But Judge Sleight yesterday noted that his offences had followed a previous “inappropriate” relationship with a young woman.

The court was told Coates suffered depression and had never married or had children. He had only had several casual relationships with women in the past and had made a decision to never have children.

Judge Sleight also said he was concerned about the “meticulous” way the teacher had recorded the images in a spreadsheet on his computer, with the court told he had detailed the children’s ages, some names, and the body parts shown in the images.

Defence lawyer Anthony Eyers said his client was aware he had been the “author of his own predicament” and had lost his entire career as a result of his offences.

“He’s going to move from this court room and struggle to put his life together… and that’s going to be the most enduring punishment,” the lawyer said.

The prosecution agreed the offences were at the lower end of the scale and that Coates’ chances of rehabilitation would be better if he underwent counselling rather than be sent behind bars.

The judge said the suspension of Coates’ jail term relied on him doing counselling and undergoing treatment.

Suspended jail term for pornographic pictures

Posted April 15, 2010 16:46:00

A 50-year-old former Perth high school teacher will have to undergo counselling as part of his sentence for possessing child pornography on his computer.

Brian Coates pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing the material which was found when police analysed his computer last year.

They found 66 still images and five videos of naked girls aged between 13 and 15.

Coates had been a teacher for 27 years but resigned after he was charged.

District Court Judge Kevin Sleight said the level of depravity of the material was at the lower end of the scale and a nine month suspended jail term was the appropriate penalty.


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